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Reading Beer & Cider Festival is moving!

Thursday 10 December 2015

Reading Beer & Cider Festival announces new location for first time in 20 years

Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA have today applied for permission to run the long-standing Reading Beer & Cider Festival on a new site for the 2016 event.

The application submitted to Reading Council today seeks permission to hold the 22nd Festival at Christchurch Meadows in Caversham. This is the first time that the festival has changed location since 1996.

Dave Scott, Festival Organiser, said "Christchurch Meadow is an excellent site for the festival, with a central location and good public transport links. We are excited to be able to continue this long running event in a new location, and hope to see many more people enjoying our beers and ciders there in April. Our intention is to run an event very similar to those held previously on Kings Meadow, but the geography of the new site should allow us to make some improvements to the customer experience that weren’t previously possible."

The new site will be situated by the River Thames next to the pavilion on Christchurch Meadow, with easy access from both the Reading Bridge and the new foot and cycle bridge which opened in September.

If the application is agreed, the festival will open from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May 2016, offering customers a range of over 500 real ales and 150 ciders and perries from around the UK, as well as foreign beers, English wines and mead. The annual event regularly attracts over 13,000 visitors.

Opening times and prices will be published in the coming weeks, and advance tickets will go on sale in the new year. For more information, visit the festival website ( or follow on Facebook (readingbeerfest) or Twitter (@readingbeerfest).

Press Release: RB&CF16 Location